Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • Let's Give 'ZD30' a Pass: 10 Movies That Took Serious Artistic Liberties
    By: Matt Patches Jan 09, 2013
    Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's ripped-from-the-headlines thriller which opens wide this week, is currently under examination by eyes on each side of the political line. Members of the U.S. government say the film, which chronicles the hunt for Osama bin Laden over a ten-year period, takes artistic liberties in its depiction of the events. Others take notice of the film's use of torture — a closed-door operation that writer Mark Boal may have extrapolated when completely accurate facts weren't an option. Basically, everyone has it out for Zero Dark Thirty. No surprise: the chilling drama unfolds like a piece of investigative journalism, enhanced with all the gravy of cinema. It's not a political film, but the stakes are rooted in the public debates of Washington from the past 10 years. Zero Dark Thirty was always going to be under a microscope — whether it deserves to be is another discussion to add to the ones the film is already collecting. But does Bigelow's Hurt Locker follow-up deserve the scrutiny? If anything, claims of "artistic liberty" arrive with an ere of suspicion — most movies at least have to arrive in theaters before historians and people "in the know" cry foul on facts. To remind ourselves how Hollywood has previously taken advantage of history (and often, to entertaining effect), check out our gallery… 10 Movies That Took Serious Artistic Liberties Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] More: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat' 21 Movies So Unbelievable They Must Be True 'Zero Dark Thirty' Investigation Continues: Is Your Curiosity Piqued? From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Oscars 2013: Let's Predict the Nominations (and Call the Upsets)
    By: Matt Patches Jan 09, 2013
    In the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 10, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will take a stage to announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Most years, the process is the cap to a long season with the same three titles dominating every category, the final choices rarely surprises. This year is a bit different. Sure, there are frontrunners, but more so than in the last decade, most categories are anyone's to win — or even pop into at the last minute with a surprise nomination. With the amount of Best Picture nominees in flux, no clear leader to any acting pack, and a bevy of technical awards that could go to any of the prestigious films to roll out over the year, the 2012 Oscar nomination line-up is one big question mark. To test our powers of prediction, we weighed the odds and ran down every category with our picks for who may walk away with a nomination at the end of tomorrow. If they do, we'll still be up for one of the toughest Oscar pool years in a long, long time…. Best Picture Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Lincoln Life of Pi Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Who Could Break In? In 2009, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race from five to 10 nominees. In 2011, they changed the rules again to allow the potential number of nominees to change based on the vote (with a minimum of five and a maximum of 10). So we're going with nine movies from 2012 for Best Picture. What could sneak in? Thanks to the BAFTAs, it seems more possible that Skyfall could be James Bond's first time in the Best Picture ring. There's also the French drama Amour, which could transcend the Foreign Film confines to nab the 10th slot. Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone Helen Mirren – Hitchcock Emmanuelle Riva – Amour Who Could Break In? Naomi Watts was a longtime favorite for her physically demanding work in The Impossible, but quiet buzz has us swapping her out for Hitchcock's Mirren. Foreign language favorites Cotillard and Riva also look like solid picks, but raves for Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild could bump the young actress into the top five. Best Actor Denzel Washington – Flight John Hawkes – The Sessions Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Hugh Jackman– Les Misérables Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook Who Could Break In? This is one of the only categories that looks locked, but voters may have erased Joaquin Phoenix's anti-Oscar rant from memory long enough to move him into Hawkes or Washington's slots. The dark horse is Jack Black, who has been garnering more and more love in the awards season push for his performance in Bernie. Best Supporting Actress Helen Hunt – The Sessions Sally Field – Lincoln Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy Who Could Break In? Best Exotic Marigold Hotel could take a second slot in this race, with Dame Judi Dench bouncing Kidman from the ring (or even replacing her costar Smith). Amy Adams also looks like a major contender, but the favorite from The Master has lost traction since the movie debuted in September. Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master Leonardo Dicaprio – Django Unchained Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln Alan Arkin – Argo Javier Bardem – Skyfall Who Could Break In? Robert De Niro is still a major player for the Supporting Actor category, but he's more of a legend worth nodding to than a stand out in Silver Linings Playbook. With unexpected love from both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs going to Javier Bardem for his villainy in Skyfall, he stands a good chance of taking the fifth spot. Or maybe the voters will realize the greatness of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike…. Best Director Ben Affleck – Argo Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty Steven Spielberg – Lincoln Ang Lee – Life of Pi Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained Who Could Break In? Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) earned the fifth slot in the Director's Guild award nominations earlier in the race, but the stylish magic of Tarantino may outnumber him when it comes to the Oscars. Close-ups and canted angles versus zooms and whip pans to bloodshed — which does the Academy favor? Best Original Screenplay Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained Rian Johnson – Looper Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty Who Could Break In? The Writer's Guild honored Flight writer John Gatins for his work on the alcoholism drama, but with Tarantino (who is not a WGA member and was ineligible for their nom) in the mix, his weaker work looks to be ousted. Writer/Director Michael Haneke's elegant work on Amour could also be honored if the Academy feels bad for not stepping up and giving it a Best Picture nomination. Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio – Argo Stephen Chbosky – Perks of Being a Wallflower Tony Kushner – Lincoln David Magee – Life of Pi David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook Who Could Break In? If too few members of the Academy caught Chbosky's touching translation of his own novel, love for Beasts of the Southern Wild may be strong enough to bump it into this category (it was based on a short play called "Juicy and Delicious"). Enough Les Misérables support could also bump the musical into the category, replacing either Perks or The Master. Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Rabbi's Cat Wreck-It Ralph Who Could Break In? Sorry, Rise of the Guardians. Although you're a technical marvel, your holiday magic just didn't impact enough people this holiday season to make you an Oscar contender. We'll go with the relatively unknown (but highly-praised by those who have seen it) Rabbi's Cat. Best Documentary Feature The Gatekeepers How to Survive a Plague The Invisible War Mea Maxima Culpa Searching for Sugarman Who Could Break In? Jafar Panahi's astounding self-portrait This Is Not a Film is a whirlwind of emotion — that's also shot mostly on an iPhone. The low-tech feel puts it under the flashy documentaries above, but one hopes the Academy could see beyond the cinematography. Best Foreign Language Film Amour No The Intouchables A Royal Affair Beyond the Hills Who Could Break In? Amour is the one to beat, but watch out for Norawy's Kon-Tiki, which could rise all the way to the top if voters feel split over giving Amour Best Picture and Best Foreign Language love.
  • 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Leads 2013 Razzie Noms, But It Doesn't Deserve To
    By: Matt Patches Jan 09, 2013
    Since 1980, The Golden Raspberry Awards aka The Razzies have been voting on each year's worst of the worst in movies and performances. The yang to the Academy Awards' yin, the connoisseurs of cinema terriblé have nominated, voted on, and proclaimed winners (or losers?), just before the Oscars make their announcements. With the Academy's picks set to be revealed on Thursday, the Razzies have unveiled their 2013's nominees… and they're not that surprising. In fact, with a limited selection that includes the final Twilight movie, Adam Sandler's latest, and a gargantuan action blockbuster based on a board game, this year's Razzies come off a bit lame. Are these really
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat'
    By: Matt Patches Jan 08, 2013
      With only a few roles under her belt, Jessica Chastain has emerged has one of brightest stars in Hollywood, an actress who can slip into any role and layer it with an evocative performance. Her work in Zero Dark Thirty, the new film from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, is no exception. Chastain raises the bar with her graceful approach to dark subject matters, as her character Maya is fully immersed (perhaps too much so) in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. According to Chastain, she doesn't share much in common with her operative counterpart. "She's very different from me," Chastain tells "I'm a very emotional girl from Northern California [laughs]. The opposite of a woman in the CIA who is trained to be unemotional, analytically precise. Very different." Although Chastain is convinced she doesn't have the cold edge to her personality that would make her fit for international intel gathering, she does consider herself an individual of immense concentration. That is, when she wants to be one. Chastain recalls being "very good at focusing" as a kid, but that it took a toll on her studies. "I was not a good student because I wasn't interested in it. But if there is something I'm really interested in, I could stay up all night reading a book or doing research. I will forget to eat. I love that kind of stuff." Like Maya, Chastain approaches a script and her character much like an analyst, sifting through details to fully understand why she would play a particular scene in a particular way. She lights up at the mention of "specificity and details" and it's clear that, to best convey Maya's arc over the decade-long search, the actress had to toil over every word and every gesture. "I had to find and mark out the subtlety," Chastain says. "Same with this. I had to go subtly with each scene as I'm talking about 20 detainees recognize this photo of Abu Ahmed. Where is Maya at that point where I say that? How am I starting to lose myself and become obsessed with this?" Chastain admits that Maya's occupational consumption was not easy to bring to life — but it was honest. "[The film] is true to the woman she was. She didn't have a personal life," the actress says. "Her whole focus was this mission. If we take a shot at the beginning of the film and a shot at the end of the film — it's like two different women." Chastain's boiled down assertion of Maya is spot on, speaking to why the role is so ferocious on screen. "She's not the same girl in that first scene when she was showing up in her suit for her first interrogation." In the end, it's the challenges that keep Chastain coming back for more. Like a covert spy, the actress loves digging deep into the mind of her characters. Even when people are closed off to the outside world, they still feel. That's the key to Chastain's work in Zero Dark Thirty. "Just because she's trained to be unemotional doesn't mean — this is interesting for an actor to play — it doesn't mean they are unemotional. There can be things in there that she's constantly trying to not show." Check out our entire interview with Jessica Chastain by watching the video above. Zero Dark Thirty is out in limited release now and opens wide on Jan. 11. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] More: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Picks Up Best Picture, Best Actress for Jessica Chastain from National Board of Review 21 Movies So Unbelievable They Must Be True 'Zero Dark Thirty' Investigation Continues: Is Your Curiosity Piqued? From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone)
  • Next Up, Oscars? Spielberg, Affleck Crack the Directors Guild's 2013 Nominations
    By: Matt Patches Jan 08, 2013
    This Thursday, Jan. 10, we'll find out which of 2012's filmmakers will be honored with prestigious Oscar nominations. The year offered plenty of choices, from directors with an eye for the small-scale and intimate, to blockbuster artists who painted with grandiose cinema, and all the folks in between, who found a cunning balance between the two to tell their specific stories. But as always, before we get to the Academy Awards picks, the Directors Guild of America offers up their top five of the year. No surprise, the 2013 slate is packed with Oscar frontrunners. This year's picks include Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Misérables, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. Other buzzy directors who could still step up and nab an Oscar nomination but are notably missing from the DGA's picks include David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom), and Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master). A few other Oscar possibilities are ineligible — since the DGA only nominates American directors who are part of their guild, Amour director Michael Haneke was not considered. The DGA Awards follow last Friday's Writer's Guild Awards which nominated an eclectic batch including Looper, Flight, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. But crossover remains, with Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln all receiving screenplay nods. Where all the nominations meet could be a clear sign of a Best Picture winner. The DGA awards will be handed out on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Fun fact: the DGA Awards began in 1948 and only six times has the winner not gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director. Keep your eyes peeled, Oscar pool sharks. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures] More: Ben Affleck on How He Knew 'Argo' Could Be Funny and Dramatic — EXCLUSIVE 'Les Mis' Director on Hugh Jackman: 'When He Sang, I Didn't Yearn for Him to Stop' — EXCLUSIVE Life of Pi': How Ang Lee Helped Irrfan Khan Nailed an Impossible Role From Our Partners: ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone) Quentin Tarantino’s Most Bad-Ass Music Moments (Moviefone)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt's in 'Sin City' Sequel: the Man Wants a Comic Book Movie!
    By: Matt Patches Jan 08, 2013
    Reports are flying in from every direction that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the up-and-comer who cut his teeth on tent poles like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, is on the hunt for a property of his own. And not just any franchise starter — a comic book movie, the type that is all the rage in Hollywood after the success of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and Marvel's epic Avengers sweep. Not only is Gordon-Levitt looking for a blockbuster leading role, every producer wants the actor in their movie. Meaning: he has no deficit of choices. News has arrived that Gordon-Levitt's search for a comic book movie role is over — for now. The actor is signed on to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's stylized noir sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Dimension Films confirms that the actor is taking the role of Johnny, a part originally conceived for Johnny Depp. The character has been previously described as being “a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.” The new addition will be joined by other "tough guy" characters currently being cast by Rodriguez and Miller. In a press release from Dimension, Gordon-Levitt says of Sin City, "I love how the first movie uses VFX, not to make fake things look real, but to create a heightened world unburdened by the look and feel of reality. Plus, nobody makes a badass like Mr. Rodriguez." Rodriguez and Miller add, “Johnny is a new character in the Sin City world and we are excited for what Joseph will bring to the role.” Gordon-Levitt signing on to the long-gestating Sin City follows on the heels of rumors that he would inherit the Batman mantle for the upcoming Justice League movie (set up with a cameo in next summer's Man of Steel), and that Marvel was eyeing him up for the lead in their intergalactic space cop movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Sin City should spare him the mask and cape that comes along with the typical superhero flick. The casting could very well end Gordon-Levitt's consideration for Guardians. The production of the first Sin City points to why the franchise is a dream job for any actor: with Rodriguez shooting the movie entirely on green screen, actors come and go based on their schedules, making it easy to fit a ton of talent into a low budget movie. Gordon-Levitt is a busy man, presently knee-deep in his directorial debut Don Jon‘s Addiction, which premieres at this month's 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Sin City is a flashy comic book movie with little time commitment. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in production, rolling along to make its Oct. 4, 2013 release date. [Photo Credit: Bridow/WENN] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Why His 'Looper' Character Is and Isn't a Young Bruce Willis 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Enlists Superfan James Gunn to Write and Direct Lady Gaga Goes from Mother Monster to Wolf Mother in 'Machete Kills' — PIC From Our Partners: ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone) Quentin Tarantino’s Most Bad-Ass Music Moments (Moviefone)
  • For Shame, Academy! 9 Golden Globe Winners Who Should Have Won Oscars
    By: Matt Patches Jan 07, 2013
    Unlike the Academy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has structured its Golden Globes awards show to maximize film exposure. If it's remotely good — be it a drama, a comedy, a musical, or even a performance that lasts a few minutes — it stands a good chance at a nomination. Often, the criteria for the Golden Globes seems too loose — anyone see The Tourist? — but in many cases, the expansion into all genres allows for the year's best to earn the gold they deserve. To prove that the Oscars don't always get it right (and the Golden Globes often pick up their slack), has assembled some of the past decade's most egregious snubs. Whether they lost out in the Academy home stretch or failed to even get a nomination, the Globes were smart enough to bestow these movies and actors with their prestigious prize. Check out our gallery of… 9 Golden Globe Winners Who Should Have Won Oscars Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Focus Features] More: 2013 Golden Globes: 'Lincoln,' 'Argo' Lead Movie Nominations. See the Full List Here! Tracking the "It" Color at the Golden Globes Golden Globes 2013 Movie Snubs: Where Is Matthew McConaughey? From Our Partners: ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone) Quentin Tarantino’s Most Bad-Ass Music Moments (Moviefone)
  • 'Gangster Squad' Reviews Are In — Can It Bounce Back from Tragedy?
    By: Matt Patches Jan 07, 2013
    When Gangster Squad hits theaters this Friday, it will join a long history of movies whose roads to release have been bumpy and draped in controversy. The film was originally slated for Sep. 7, 2012, but after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado last July, Warner Bros. Pictures and the producers of the film opted to push its release to 2013. On top of the large amount of gun violence depicted in the movie — Gangster Squad follows a team of cops who abandon protocol to rid the streets of crime by gunning down mobsters — there was also pressure to reshoot a sequence that depicted a massacre set in a movie theater. After four months of tinkering, the stylized crime drama is finally ready for public consumption. Despite the turbulent post-production process, early reviews for Gangster Squad are mostly positive. The Hollywood Reporter cautiously praises the movie, saying "there is incident and plenty of it, all portrayed in a brutal modern fashion rather than in a style one would ever associate with the noirish films of the era itself or with the more recent tangy, nostalgic evocations of it." They add the mixed note that, "Gangster Squad is all about instant gratification, almost as much for the characters as for the viewer." Variety praises Josh Brolin, who stands out amongst a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, and Sean Penn: "With his lantern jaw and tough, Glenn Ford-like attitude, only Brolin looks as though he's been on hard-boil since the era in question." Empire Magazine echoes the two industry reviews, calling Gangster Squad "perfectly decent entertainment" and citing the "frequently witty script, a roster of likable, cool-looking stars, fizzy choreography and Sean Penn out-hamming Mr. Pricklepants." Steering through the unfortunate, thick fog of real world hot topics, Gangster Squad appears to deliver at least a bit of fun during the normally stagnate January movie season. But will audiences head to the theaters to give it a chance? Read: Neighborhood Watch, Trayvon Martin and Bad Timing for Hollywood Because of the nature of the genre and content of the film itself, Gangster Squad has continued to play up the ball-busting heroes of the film and their less-than-morally-correct ways of conducting business. It's a crime movie set in '40s — the roaring fire of tommy guns is a given. Distancing the film from the Aurora tragedy was a smart move, but thanks to other incidents, the debate against gun control continues to rage, its vines spreading to every facet of pop culture. Gangster Squad escaped one controversy and found another. Success for the movie isn't impossible. History has shown that a blockbuster that hits early speed bumps can still connect with its audience, and good reviews don't hurt. 2002's Spider-Man notoriously kicked off its marketing campaign the year before with an iconic teaser featuring the World Trade Center. After September 11, Sony quickly recoiled and found a new approach, helping the film to eventually earn $403.7 million in the States. Controversy also surrounded 2011's We Bought a Zoo, which released trailers in the wake of the slaughtering of zoo animals in Ohio. While many guessed the poor timing would impact the film, Zoo went on to gross a solid $75.6 million. But not every film to face unfortunate struggles goes unscathed. Last summer's The Watch, which toyed with its title (changing it from Neighborhood Watch) and battled Internet reactions to its suggestive teaser trailer after the death of Trayvon Martin, never regained momentum. Even with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill, the movie only mustered $35.35 million. As with Spider-Man, 9/11 put Hollywood in a tough spot; no film was more affected than Arnold Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage, bumped from Oct. 2001 to Feb. 2002. The film starred Arnie, who was dwindling as a box office draw already, seeking revenge on terrorists who killed his family. The film hit too soon and took in $40 million. Still, the award for "worst timing" continues to go to Fox's 1986 drama SpaceCamp. The NASA disaster movie that put kids in a life or death scenario arrived in theaters five months after the Challenger accident. The movie grossed a paltry $9.7 million. The first reactions to Gangster Squad are promising and align the comic book-styled movie more with past hits than misfires. Where will it land? We'll find out when the movie drops over the weekend. Will you be checking out Gangster Squad in theaters? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures] More: New 'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Locked and Loaded with Guns — VIDEO Bad Trip: 'Texas Chainsaw' and The Overused Horror Trope Matt Damon Is Ready to Replace Ben Affleck with John Krasinski From Our Partners: ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone) Quentin Tarantino’s Most Bad-Ass Music Moments (Moviefone)
  • 'Frankenweenie' Monsters Come Out for the Blu-ray — EXCLUSIVE PICS
    By: Matt Patches Jan 07, 2013
    When Tim Burton's monster movie throwback Frankenweenie hits theaters this past October, the gothically-inclined filmmaker kept the stop-motion cartoon's biggest surprises close to his chest. Trailers gave us a glimpse of young Victor Frankenstien reanimating his dog Sparky, but the animated flick's grand finale unleashed a whole wave of terrifying pets. Now, with the Blu-ray arriving on Jan. 8, we've finally got pics of these imaginative nightmares. Check out's exclusive Frakenweenie images below, including the movie's cat-turned-bat creature, the Godzilla-inspired turtle monster, and a gaggle of sea monsters that act a tad differently then the ones you grew when you were a kid: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures (7)] More: Sequel to Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' in the Works Tim Burton Takes You to the 'Frankenweenie' Puppet Hospital — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO 'Pan's Labyrinth': The Musical (There's Gonna Be Some Freaky Jazz Hands) From Our Partners: ’Texas Chainsaw’: Top 5 Leatherface Kills (Moviefone) Quentin Tarantino’s Most Bad-Ass Music Moments (Moviefone)
  • What Is Your Favorite Movie of the Year? — POLL
    By: Matt Patches Dec 30, 2012
    With 2013 swiftly approaching, the Internet is abuzz with opinions on the year's best of the best. The already wrangled their top 20 movies of the year, an epic list filled with blockbusters and indies, spanning every genre under the sun. Nothing disqualifies a movie from being someone's favorite of the year — yes, movies one person deems the death of cinema still can be (and reasonably so) a movie another person wholeheartedly loves. That's what keeps writers, directors, actors, and Hollywood coming back each year with new slates of wildly diverse pictures. The world's population is ready to find greatness in any story, however wacky. Since we already gave our rundown of 2012's best, it's now your turn: what was your favorite movie of the year? Was it Liam Neeson busting up wolves all the way in January's The Grey? The so-much-better-than-it-should-be 21 Jump Street The breakout young adult fiction hit Hunger Games? One of the many billion-dollar-blockbusters from the summer? The shlocky fun Resident Evil: Retribution? Or a winter's worth of prestige pictures all vying for Oscar love in early 2013? Head down to the comments and tell us what your favorite movie was and why, and answer our poll on whether you think 2012 was a great year for movies. Can 2013 top it? We hope so....Was 2012 a Great Year for Movies? [Photo Credit: Universal Pictures; Lionsgate; Warner Bros Pictures; 20th Century Fox] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: The 20 Best Movies of 2012 (and the 5 Worst) The Ultimate Top 10 Movies of 2012 List The Best and Worst TV Episodes of 2012—Staff Picks You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012: Kim Kardashian and More! Best Movie & TV Ugly Criers of 2012: PICS